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Iran on Syrian Chemical Massacre (2)

With US Secretary of State John Kerry’s confirmation that Bashar Assad gassed his civilian population, Tehran’s involvement in this crisis has been upgraded. Media coverage has been good, but we’d still like to frame the reportage more precisely. Perhaps viewing

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Posted in BBC, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Military

Iran on Syrian Chemical Massacre

Faced with chemical weapons use in Syria, it appears from the reportage that Iran is currently struggling between the typical knee-jerk reaction and a more sober approach. This grappling is fairly transparent: first there was Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s response

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Other News

Will Iran’s Changing Tone be Enough?

The media remains excited over Iran’s softening rhetoric. Understandable. Still, facts remain more important than warm fuzzies. Representative of the current sentiment, Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen recently tweeted that “most gestures coming from Iran” (in response to the CIA’s admission to

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Posted in Al monitor, AP, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Other News

Salehi the Pragmatist

The media’s hunger for Iranian pragmatists truly went overboard this past week with news that outgoing foreign minister Ali Akhbar Salehi was moving back to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). Reuters led the way with its headline to

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Posted in Al monitor, Ali Akbar Salehi, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Other News

Italy- Iran Ties Heat Up

In the past few months this blog has expanded its gaze at Tehran’s charm offensive toward a few potentially vulnerable states, including Italy. Why? Basically since the media doesn’t seem interested in covering such a development. Seems we hit the

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Posted in Ali Akbar Salehi, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Plutonium Route, Now Firmly on Agenda

When the IAEA’s May report came out, a minority – including this blog – was alert enough to flag the reference to Iranian progress in the plutonium route. Now, this issue is finally receiving the media attention it deserves. Typical of

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Other News

Iran Still in Latin America

This blog has made a consistent effort to keep readers abreast of reportage concerning Iran-Argentina relations. While the AMIA issue is critical, of course, Tehran’s designs throughout Latin America should remain front and center. Rouhani’s election has not changed that.

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage
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